The Community House in Hamilton is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for their Hometown Heroes Award. Selected heroes will be honored during The Community House’s virtual Harvest Dinner on October 3, 2020.
The awards and event will celebrate the broad scope of positive responses to COVID-19 in our community by recognizing actions big and small. From a single child making greeting cards for isolated senior citizens, to a team of doctors risking their lives to care for others, this award seeks to honor all local heroes making a difference in this unprecedented time.
To be eligible, nominees should either live in Hamilton or Wenham or be making an impact in the two towns through work, volunteerism, or acts of kindness. Heroes may be nominated individually or as groups.
To submit a nomination, please click the button on this page and complete the brief form by July 19, 2020.
The Community House has been honoring local heroes for community service since its founding 99 years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic inspired The Community House board and staff to take a different approach this year and recognize all those whose acts of bravery and quiet acts of kindness have helped sustain our community during this difficult time. Our goal is to recognize as many heroes as possible. Please click the FAQ tab above to learn more about the Hometown Heroes Awards.
By recognizing the hard work and commitment of essential workers and volunteers in our community, TCH will shine a light on the positive community response to COVID-19. We hope you will join us in this effort.
Please reach out to Melissa Elmer for more information. Thank you for your consideration.
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This event was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.
The Community House Accepting Nominations for Hometown Heroes Awards in Fight Against COVID-19
Community heroes to be honored at virtual Harvest Dinner October 3, 2020 — All are invited!
The Community House in Hamilton is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for its “Hometown Heroes Awards.” Selected heroes will be honored during The Community House’s virtual “Harvest Dinner” on October 3, 2020. The event is sponsored by Albrecht Auto, Emanio Creative and Salem Five Charitable Foundation.
The awards and event will celebrate the broad scope of positive responses to COVID-19 in our community by recognizing actions big and small. From a child making cards for lonely older people to a team of doctors risking their lives to save others, this award honors all the heroes making a difference during this particularly challenging time.
To be eligible, nominees should either live in Hamilton or Wenham, or be making an impact in the two towns through work, volunteerism or acts of kindness. Heroes may be nominated individually or as a group.
**To submit your nomination, click on the Awards tab and complete the brief form by July 19.**
The Community House (TCH) has a long history of honoring local heroes and promoting volunteerism. In 1921, George and Emily Mandell of Hamilton built TCH in memory of their son, Samuel Mandell, and seven other men who died in service during World War I. For the next six decades, The Community House was powered by volunteers. In recent years, TCH has used its annual Harvest Dinner to recognize one or two individuals for exceptional volunteerism.
This spring, the pandemic inspired TCH board and staff members to take a different approach: “Recognizing that many essential workers risked their own health every day to provide critical health care, feed the hungry and deliver the mail, we feel compelled to acknowledge all those who have been called to action in support of others during this very challenging time,” said Executive Director Melissa Elmer. “In addition to those acts of bravery, we need to recognize the quiet acts of kindness and generosity that have helped to sustain our community through this pandemic.”
TCH Board President Christina Comparato sees the awards as a vital way to carry out the TCH mission of uniting all who live, work and play on the North Shore.
“By recognizing the hard work and commitment of essential workers and volunteers across our entire community, TCH will shine a light on the positive community response to COVID-19. Our goal is to recognize as many heroes as possible, so we invite everyone to nominate someone they know who made a positive difference.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the nominee have to reside in Hamilton or Wenham?
We will honor individuals who live in HW and are responding to COVID-19 elsewhere as well as individuals who live beyond HW and are fighting COVID-19 and its impact here.
How significant must the impact be to warrant nomination?
Impact can be big and small; every positive effort counts. Your hero may be an eight year old raising money for COVID-19 relief through a lemonade stand, a nurse at Beverly Hospital committed daily to caring for their patients, a neighbor making masks or a friend delivering meals to the elderly. Heroic acts surround us.
May I submit a nomination form for a group of people who collaborated?
Yes, group nominations are welcome.
What does the selection process entail?
Nominator fills out a simple nomination form. If the nominee fits the criteria, their names will be included in a video presentation during a virtual dinner on October 3. We will highlight specific hero profiles during the video.
Is the nominee required to attend the virtual dinner on October 3rd?
No, participation in the dinner is not required. It will be a virtual event and all nominees may choose to participate.
Who attends the virtual Harvest Dinner event?
All are welcome!
What is The Community House?
The Community House has been an integral part of the HW community for 99 years. From afterschool enrichment and child care services, performing arts, free summer concerts and traditional community events such as the Community Block Party, Breakfast with Santa and Father Daughter Ball, there is programming for all ages at TCH. Originally established as a community center, TCH has been powered by volunteers since 1921 and is looking forward to celebrating its centennial anniversary with you in 2021!
The Community House
284 Bay Road Hamilton, MA